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The Best Areas To Enjoy Retirement in North Carolina

If you’re searching for the best places to retire in North Carolina then look no further. The popularity of the Tar Heel state as a place for people to enjoy their golden years is growing rapidly, and it’s easy to see why.

North Carolina’s diverse landscape has something for everyone; the picturesque mountains, tranquil beaches, and vibrant towns and cities mean you’re sure to enjoy a relaxing lifestyle that suits you. North Carolina enjoys all four seasons, but not too extremely, and is renowned for its world-class health care. Here are just some of the fantastic places to retire in North Carolina.

1. Raleigh 

If you like the hustle and bustle of city life but on a slightly calmer scale, then Raleigh is the place for you. This cultural hotspot has something for everyone, from art galleries and sculptures at the North Carolina Museum of Art, to music performances at the Red Hat Amphitheatre. Sports fans are spoilt for choice in Raleigh, and can easily catch some university football, NHL hockey, soccer and minor league baseball here. North Carolina State University also have a range of affordable lifelong learning courses on offer, for those who want to learn something new.

2. Durham

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This charming city is the perfect place to really embrace the active adult lifestyle. For those who love getting out and about, there’s an abundance of parks and urban nature trails winding through the city – perfect for taking a leisurely stroll. The nearby Eno River State Park and Little River Regional Park are both picturesque settings for enjoying a hike or wander. Durham also hosts a number of cultural festivals throughout the year, celebrating dance, films, arts, and the Blues to name just a few.

3.  Beaufort

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If you’re dreaming of sandy beaches and clear waters then the seaside town of Beaufort is certainly worth a visit. As the third oldest town in the state, there’s a rich and interesting history to be discovered here. This tranquil town is perfect for talking long sunset strolls along the boardwalks, watching dolphins play in the waters of Taylor’s Creek and spotting wild horses on the Shackleford banks.

4. Charlotte

From the third smallest town to the largest city in North Carolina, Charlotte is a fast-growing city for those who are desire a taste of the metripolitatian lifestyle. Not only is Charlotte a diverse and exciting place, it’s reputation as a top spot for golf will have you stopping by for a round. As the oldest 18 hole public golf course in Charlotte, Larkhaven Golf Club is just one of the many courses offering a great game and friendly atmosphere.

5. Ashville

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Head west and you’ll find Ashville, situated in the valley of the breath-taking Blue Ridge Mountains. The mix of students, professionals, and retirees here makes for a great atmosphere. The natural beauty that surrounds Ashville is simply stunning, and North Carolina’s distinct seasons mean you can enjoy vibrant colours in autumn and summer, with mild temperatures all year around.

If you’re interested in seeing what life is like as a North Carolina retiree, be sure to take a look at our newest 55+ Community – Creekside at Bethpage. The central location of our state-of-the-art retirement community, nestled in the pines between Raleigh and Durham, is ideal for exploring all that North Carolina has to offer!